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About University College

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Welcome from Principal Donald Ainslie

The founding college of the University of Toronto, University College has served as a beacon for open education, since 1853. As a community that celebrates diversity, UC is home to students and professors from a range of disciplines and alumni who are leaders in their field.

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Our History

University College was established in 1853 by the University of Toronto Act as a nonsectarian institution of higher education.

Inspired by Oxford and Cambridge universities in England, architects Frederic Cumberland and William Storm designed the main building in the style of Romanseque Revival. Construction began on October 4, 1856. Three years later, University College opened its doors to students on October 4, 1859.

 

UC's Ornate Stone & Wooden Enterance Doors

Governance

University College Council is the governing body of University College. The council meets quarterly and presides over administrative, budgetary and academic matters. Chaired by the principal, the council is composed of approximately 40 UC faculty, administrators, staff and students.

 

Spooky UC building enterance at night

Ghosts of University College

The Legend of Diabolos and Reznikoff reveals the haunted story two stone masons, caught in a torrid love affair with the same women. During a standoff, one met his tragic end. It is said that his ghost still roams the halls of the college.

“The world of education is changing, in part because of the advent of disruptive technologies, online learning and related technological changes. We need to anticipate and leverage these changes in order to experiment with new modes and models of teaching and learning.” 
U of T President, Meric Gertler

We Are Re-imagining and Reinventing Undergraduate education

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Creating new learning spaces for students and faculty.

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Advancing student access to services. 

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Taking theory learned in the classroom out into the world.

U of T campus & Kings Circle viewed from UC's rooftop

Specialized programming for students entering first-year.

Group of Students in Canadian Studies Student Union

UC is home to select interdisciplinary academic programs, including Canadian Studies, Health Studies and Cognitive Science.